Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in west Tennessee

04 August, 2018, 23:57 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in all but a handful of northern-tier and western Pennsylvania counties this year, but so far only one human case of the virus-in an Allegheny County man-has been confirmed in the state.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

"We advise everyone to take the appropriate precautions no matter what ZIP Code you live in", she said, in a statement.

West Nile causes mild flu-like symptoms, but it can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis and death, according to the DEP.

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A 24-year-old-woman with a suspected case of West Nile fever, a relatively unknown viral infection in this part of the region, has been admitted to the Kozhikode medical college hospital. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.

Eight counties have mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Find tips here about what kinds of repellent to use and how to apply it. Always use according to label instructions. But one person was infected previous year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. It's also a good idea to wear long sleeves or trousers when outside. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old. Information about insect repellents can be found by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html.

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It's also important for residents to eliminate standing water around their homes, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

There were 68 cases of West Nile Virus in Colorado in 2017.

"We urge those who are recreating outdoors to take common sense steps to prevent bug bites, including the use of mosquito repellents, along with wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts".

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